Wisconsin state Republican efforts to repeal fair pay laws is drawing national attention as the issue of Republican attacks against women continues to dominate the 2012 campaigns.
As has been typical of the Walker administration on worker rights, much of this legislating has been done with very little public input. U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin (D), a fierce advocate for fair pay and worker rights is trying to apply public pressure as the bill heads to Gov. Scott Walker for signature. Her Republican opponents have so far refused say whether they support Walker’s effort to eliminate the enforceability of state anti-discrimination laws, which frankly, says a lot.
Phil Walzak, Senior Advisor for Tammy Baldwin gave the following statement:
“The silence on this issue from Mark Neumann, Tommy Thompson, and Jeff Fitzgerald’s campaigns is deafening.
“Wisconsin women demand to know where they stand on this issue – as does anyone who could be potentially fall victim to discrimination. Tammy owns one of the strongest records around as an advocate for women’s rights and equality, and she knows we can’t go backwards on issues of fundamental fairness like equal pay for equal work.
Voters in Wisconsin have stark differences in the candidates seeking the state’s open Senate seat and as we’ve seen since the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans will take whatever opportunity they can to go after civil rights. That’s what makes the November elections so important. If you think Republicans won’t go after federal civil rights protections, think again.
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